Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

Backyard Biodiversity

Starting May 9, 2014, explore the Beaty Museum through the lens of Backyard Biodiversity – showcasing the native, rare, and common species found in various ecosystems through British Columbia.

The Herbarium Project

May 16 - August 24, 2014
Karen Yurkovich

Using specimens from the UBC Herbarium, Yurkovich re-examines these taxonomically organized pieces of nature through their aesthetics, their symbolism, their mythologies and their histories.

Parasites are way cool because …

September 7, 2014, 1:00pm
Kaylee Byers

Though at times it may be refreshing to have decisions made for us, the ability to choose how we spend our days is something we non-parasitized may take for granted. From fungi, to nematodes, to wasps, some parasitic species have adapted the amazing ability to manipulate their host’s behaviour in a way that goes beyond the horror of any Alfred Hitchcock film.

Included with museum admission or membership

Ask an Expert about Bryophytes

September 7, 2014, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Shona Ellis

Want to know more about bryophytes (aka mosses)? Ask Shona Ellis, Associate Head of Biology, and an expert on bryophytes.

Free for the public.

FishBase Symposium

September 8, 2014 from 8:45am-5:00pm

The 12th Annual FishBase Symposium will be held at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Come learn about new insights into how to use the FishBase for Research.

The 5th Annual Wilf Schofield Bryophyte and Lichen Foray

September 11-14, 2014

The 5th Annual Wilf Schofield Bryophyte and Lichen Foray will be held at the Nature Conservancy of Canada land near Creston, BC. Come explore the "Darkwoods.

Bird Walk

September 20, 2014, 10:15am - 12:15pm
Bev Ramey

Stroll around campus on this birding walk led by Nature Vancouver's Bev Ramey.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Laysan Island is way cool because…

October 5, 2014, 1:00pm
Ian Thomas

Set in the biggest marine protected area on the planet, Laysan is the largest and most biologically diverse island in the Northwestern Hawiian Archipelago: one of the most remote and spectacular wildernesses on earth.

Included with museum admission or membership

Native Plants Walk

October 18, 2014, 10:15am - 12:15pm
David Cook

Walk to locations on campus where native plants can be seen in their natural setting. Learn about the taxonomy, ecology and the traditional First Nation uses of each species.

Included with museum admission or membership.

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